Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

53-6011 Bridge and Lock Tenders

Operate and tend bridges, canal locks, and lighthouses to permit marine passage on inland waterways, near shores, and at danger points in waterway passages. May supervise such operations. Includes drawbridge operators, lock operators, and slip bridge operators.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
3,170 3.3 % $22.10 $45,980 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.69 $17.56 $23.33 $26.49 $29.02
Annual Wage (2) $26,400 $36,520 $48,520 $55,100 $60,350


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,150 0.06 $25.08 $52,170
Local Government (OES Designation) 880 0.02 $20.11 $41,840
State Government (OES Designation) 690 0.03 $19.16 $39,850
Rail Transportation 270 0.13 (8) (8)

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rail Transportation 270 0.13 (8) (8)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,150 0.06 $25.08 $52,170
State Government (OES Designation) 690 0.03 $19.16 $39,850
Local Government (OES Designation) 880 0.02 $20.11 $41,840

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,150 0.06 $25.08 $52,170
Local Government (OES Designation) 880 0.02 $20.11 $41,840
State Government (OES Designation) 690 0.03 $19.16 $39,850


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Louisiana 390 0.20 8.76 $16.88 $35,110
New York 320 0.04 1.53 $20.32 $42,260
Illinois 310 0.05 2.31 $27.52 $57,240
New Jersey 230 0.06 2.57 $24.20 $50,340
Wisconsin 180 0.07 2.85 $22.65 $47,110




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Louisiana 390 0.20 8.76 $16.88 $35,110
West Virginia 60 0.08 3.69 $24.76 $51,500
Wisconsin 180 0.07 2.85 $22.65 $47,110
New Jersey 230 0.06 2.57 $24.20 $50,340
Mississippi 60 0.05 2.27 $20.96 $43,600




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 310 0.05 2.31 $27.52 $57,240
Minnesota 80 0.03 1.30 $26.87 $55,900
Iowa 50 0.03 1.45 $26.13 $54,350
Missouri 40 0.02 0.66 $25.58 $53,210
Washington 60 0.02 0.93 $25.05 $52,090





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 220 0.03 1.45 $21.83 $45,420
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 130 0.04 1.57 $29.33 $61,010
Pittsburgh, PA 110 0.10 4.33 $24.58 $51,120
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 100 0.18 7.84 $15.39 $32,020
Baton Rouge, LA 90 0.23 10.09 $20.19 $41,990
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 60 0.04 1.77 $24.92 $51,840
Ocean City, NJ 50 1.30 56.49 $26.90 $55,960
St. Louis, MO-IL 30 0.02 1.05 $28.62 $59,530




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Ocean City, NJ 50 1.30 56.49 $26.90 $55,960
Baton Rouge, LA 90 0.23 10.09 $20.19 $41,990
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 100 0.18 7.84 $15.39 $32,020
Pittsburgh, PA 110 0.10 4.33 $24.58 $51,120
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 60 0.04 1.77 $24.92 $51,840
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 130 0.04 1.57 $29.33 $61,010
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 220 0.03 1.45 $21.83 $45,420
St. Louis, MO-IL 30 0.02 1.05 $28.62 $59,530




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 130 0.04 1.57 $29.33 $61,010
St. Louis, MO-IL 30 0.02 1.05 $28.62 $59,530
Ocean City, NJ 50 1.30 56.49 $26.90 $55,960
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN (8) (8) (8) $26.32 $54,750
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 60 0.04 1.77 $24.92 $51,840
Pittsburgh, PA 110 0.10 4.33 $24.58 $51,120
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 220 0.03 1.45 $21.83 $45,420
Baton Rouge, LA 90 0.23 10.09 $20.19 $41,990
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 100 0.18 7.84 $15.39 $32,020

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 80 0.67 29.20 $23.17 $48,200
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 60 0.39 16.97 $22.39 $46,580
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 60 0.39 17.16 $26.96 $56,080
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.16 6.99 $26.60 $55,320
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.40 17.22 $25.28 $52,570

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 80 0.67 29.20 $23.17 $48,200
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.40 17.22 $25.28 $52,570
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 60 0.39 17.16 $26.96 $56,080
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 60 0.39 16.97 $22.39 $46,580
North Missouri nonmetropolitan area 30 0.28 12.21 $25.12 $52,250

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 60 0.39 17.16 $26.96 $56,080
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.16 6.99 $26.60 $55,320
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.40 17.22 $25.28 $52,570
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 30 0.18 7.67 $25.24 $52,500
North Missouri nonmetropolitan area 30 0.28 12.21 $25.12 $52,250


About May 2015 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016